Before the Greek and Irish bailouts, IMF officials were quite active in general volume of discussion that also carried notable positive language. We’ve not seen this for Portugal; a potentially interesting signal of strength.
To truly judge IMF officials and their public commentary related to specific countries we should explore this over long time periods and multiple crises.
There are multiple kinds of normalization to do here including comparing bailouts, countries, non-problematic country debt situations with problematic country debt situations, etc.
Silence can be a powerful signal but obviously takes some interpretation. We will continue to watch Portugal.